Archive for the ‘Construction News’ Category

01/06/2012

CDM Regs to be reviewed

The HSE has announced it will be re-drafting the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations for reissue in 2014. The Löfstedt report recommended that an ongoing review of CDM 2007 should consider a clearer expression of duties, a reduction in bureaucracy and suitable guidance for small projects. A spokesperson for the HSE said: “While many aspects […]

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13/03/2012

Dichloromethane Restriction

A new ban on some supply and use of paint strippers containing the hazardous substance ‘dichloromethane’ (DCM, and also known as methylene chloride) is coming into force.   For the purposes of this ban, the term ‘paint stripper’ is taken to mean DCM (or mixtures containing it) intended for stripping paint, varnish or lacquer.   […]

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05/12/2011

SAFETY ALERT – Mobile crushing plant – unintended movement of tracks

Investigation of a fatal incident by HSE has identified that unintended movement of some mobile crushers can occur when there is an earth/ground fault. This can result in unintended movement of the machine track(s) and the potential for injuries from being struck by or trapped by the machine. Where damage/deterioration of the electrical control cables […]

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18/10/2011

FAQ – What should be in my risk assessment?

Your risk assessment should include consideration of what in your business might cause harm and how and, the people who might be affected.  It should take into account any controls which are already in place and identify what, if any, further controls are required. You should be able to show from your assessment that: a […]

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13/10/2011

Asbestos – I may have been exposed – what should I do?

People who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos are understandably anxious and concerned about the possible effects on their health. Many cases of inadvertent, short-term exposure to asbestos will most likely have been minimal, with little likelihood of any long-term ill effects. However, although the type of asbestos involved may be known, there […]

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12/10/2011

Ladder Exchange Initiative 2011

Ladder Exchange is now up and running and helping to remove more dodgy ladders from Britains workplaces.  To date, over 8,000 dodgy ladders have been removed from the workplace. If you have a ladder which is broken damaged or bent, you can part- exchange it for a safe new one at any of our partner companies.  This years […]

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06/09/2011

Are you a smaller builder Pt 3 – Co-operation

Close co-operation and co-ordination among everyone involved in a project can help to prevent injury and ill-health. Business clients – have safety responsibilities on even the shortest of projects and will need to check the arrangements made by the smaller builder for managing the work. For example, if there is a risk of falling through a […]

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04/09/2011

Are you a small builder? Pt 2

Manage hazards and risk As a smaller builder, you are a contractor under Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2007 and you must: Plan, manage and monitor your construction work so that health and safety risks are controlled; Set lead times – inform any sub-contractors of the minimum amount of time that will be allowed for planning and preparation; […]

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02/09/2011

Are you a small builder?

We use the term ‘smaller builder’ to describe contractors who undertake work on: Private domestic projects – involving extensions, repairs and refurbishment work on private homes; or Smaller business projects – involving short duration repairs and refurbishment work for business clients (fewer than 30 days of construction work) where site safety responsibilities are shared between small builders […]

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10/06/2011

HSE investigation into wood dust

 The HSE is to investigate the occupational risks facing those in the furniture and woodworking industries, more than 10 years after the last checks. It says about 50 people a year are diagnosed with nasal cancer which may have developed decades after their exposure to wood dust, while others have asthma as a result of […]

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